Welcome to U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association

The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity".
Working to Preserve Our American Heritage - Cultural Preservation - Economic Development

Russell J. Lombard, President & CEO
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
1657 S.W. Old Clifton Rd.
Port Orchard, WA.  98367
 

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Travel Journalists
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New Travel Blog, GetawayMavens.com
Offbeat Escapes in the Northeast
 
 
"THE BOOK"
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NEW MEMBERS
and SPONSORS
 
 
Xealyus - Lead Vocals
Meet the members of the Dusty Cadillac Blues Band
 
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Northrop-Grumman - A leader in Global Security

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A Six Week Road Trip on Historic U.S. Route 6.
Join the adventure of traveling the Grand Old Highway with
Malerie Yolen-Cohen.
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of
Charlie the
Short Neck'd Giraffe
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1940 Chevy

Historic Highway

U.S. 6 Road Trip

Starting May 5, 2011

 

David Sopa and Robert Roehm

1940 Chevy
U.S. 6 Road Trip

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One Old Guy, One Old Road, Route6Walk.com

Joe Hurley,
Walking the "6"

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Like to join the U.S. Rte 6 Tourist
Association? Visit our membership page to join.
Help us make Historic U.S. Route 6 a registered scenic byway and destination hiway.

"Public Charities starting May 5, 2011
We Support"
 
THE
Annette Funicello
RESEARCH FUND FOR NEUROLOGICAL DISEASES

Annette Funicello

Thanks for the memories!

 

 
I'm Gonna Love You Through It
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Grand Army of the Republic


WEB: Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities

Capt'n Jack Sparrow and Tootsie
Listen to this,
enjoy!


 

What's New!

SPECIAL OFFER

 With a two year new membership or renewal you will receive a signed copy of the "Stay on the 6" travel guide book written by Malerie Yolen-Cohen.

If you have any questions please email:

USRoute6@aol.com

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Welcome Roger C. Bratt - Director of
Program Development with the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.


Roger loves history and is the Webmaster for the Ashland Historical Society in Nebraska. He will be working with and coordinating programs and activities between the current state divisions. He will also be working on establishing new state divisions of the National Association. Roger would be your contact person if you are interested in a state leadership role with our Association.

Email: USRoute6NPD@gmail.com

ALSO

Meet Kim Koyle who has recently been appointed as our
Director of Economic Development (Cultural Preservation).
Kim is a talented graphic artist with interest in Audio-Visual productions.

Kim has a passion for preserving our American Heritage. Her goal is to assist communities in making their dreams into reality.

Her current project is Eureka, Utah.

Here is an example of some of her before and after graphic art.

Eureka, Utah | Facebook

To learn more you can contact Kim at; Utah@route6tour.com

Kim - Roundup time at the Ranch!

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Meet Nancy Bloom in her 1956 Thunderbird - Nancy and her husband John will took part in the Historic Route 6 Cruise on the weekend of October 6-7th 2012. Soon we'll have a 2013 Historic Route 6 Cruise picture.

For information about the 2013 Cruise visit;

Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association

 
Meet Wellfleet, the Mascot of the Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
Meet Wellfleet, the Mascot of the
Wellfleet is holding a 1959 Chevron Western States map as he tries to pose at the historical west termination point of U.S. Route 6 in Long Beach, California.  

 

Join the adventure of exploring the old roads!
John Buchanan departed yesterday August 19, 2013 on U.S. 20 from Boston's Kenmore Square to travel across the U.S. to Newport, OR. Then, south via the Pacific Coast Highway to Long Beach, CA and then, east on U.S. Route 6 to Provincetown, MA.
 
 
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Follow the Signs!
(Iowa City, Iowa - Summer 2013)

River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6

 

Group wants to mark historical Route 6 through Johnson County, Iowa
Rex Brandsatter, Program Coordinator
 
(April 22, 2013)
 
 
 
UTAH - GOOD NEWS!
 
A special "Thank You" to Malerie Yolen-Cohen for the following video:

ACTIVITY  UPDATE

Radio Interview with David W. Darby, Executive Director of the

Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association


KJAN Radio - Atlantic, Iowa

David Darby-Backyard and Beyond 01-08-2013 KJAN | Radio Atlantic, IA – AM 1220

Picture of the Month

January 2014

Picture by David W. Darby
December - 2013

Grinnell, Iowa - picture by David Darby - October 2013
Doug and Roberta See have their 1957 Chevys parked out front of Candyland in preparation for the American Detours photo shoot.
Grinnell, Iowa - picture by David Darby - October 2013
Candyland Station - Grinnell, IA - Restaurant | Facebook

Picture by Martin Grahl - Sept. 2013
Meet Martin Grahl from Memmingen, Germany, standing by a California U.S. Route 6 sign. Martin plans to travel the Grand Old Highway from Long Beach, CA to Provincetown, MA.

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Meet (Left to Right) Bailey Phares, Andi Bagley,
Karla Pina and Samantha Perscell.
Picture by Paul Kuhlman, Member - Summer of 2013
 
Item of Interest: The Pleasant Hill Diner may not be located in an Historic Route 6 town, but it is definitely a place to visit if you love the 1950s. It is located about two miles south of the historic Route 6 alignment in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
Note: Many of our members don't even live in a Route 6 state, but simply enjoy the adventure of exploring the old roads.

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Before

and

After

City of Glendale, CA - Adams Square Gas Station Park

March 2013

 

February 2013

Sign - East End in Provincetown, Massachusetts
Now, what we need is a  "Picture of the Month" of a similar sign located at the West end in Long Beach, California. This would be a definite plus for tourism. Hundreds of people each year stop at the above sign for a photo-op before starting their cross-county adventure on America's oldest and longest contiguous highway.
 

"Join the Team"

Picture and related story as printed in

 

Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association

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Check this out! 
Teaser Clip from Fourth Wall Films for River to River, Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6: "River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6" - TEASER - YouTube

(Note our Association logo on the sides of the cars.) 

 

Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association

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Uniroyal Gal - Pearsonville, CA

Pearsonville is a small Route 6 community of 17 people located in the upper Mojave Desert of California. The 30 Ft. tall Lady is aka the Uniroyal Gal is just one of those unique roadside attractions that take you down Memory Lane. She overlooks the Historic U.S. 6 alignment currently called Sterling Road.
(Thank you Lisa at Subway for the conformation!)

Pearsonville is also know as the "Hubcap Capital of the World".
 

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Item of Interest
(February 1936 - Santa Clarita, CA - Archives)

"Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times" U.S. 6 - Feb. 5, 1936

More movies have been filmed on or along U.S. 6 than any other highway in America. The above was filmed along what is now known as the Sierra Highway just north of the City of Santa Clarita, California. However, the City of Santa Clarita did not exist at the time. The area  in 1936 was known as Saugus - Newhall.

Film Office - Santa Clarita, California  

Questions? Email: RussUSRoute6@aol.com

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You'll Love New York!

We welcome Matt Hereford as the Executive Director of the New York U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Matt is also an Officer with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and oversees the Grand Army of the Republic “Memorial” Highway in the State of New York.

Matt is definitely Route 6 to the core and loves exploring the old roads. ….”I can't remember a time when history and research were not a part of my life.”

 

Should you have any questions or desire additional information about the New York Association you can email Matt at: NewYork@route6tour.com

You can learn more about Matt and the New York Association by visiting; http://route6tour.com/Route6newyork.htm

 

It’s Official,
Massachusetts is now a state division of the National Association,
effective as of May 18, 2011.

For the past few years Don Doucette has been our official Agent and Ambassador at Large in Massachusetts. Through his efforts he has established Historic U.S. 6 Route signage at the East end of the Grand Old Highway in Provincetown.

Eventually Don hopes to have signs along the entire historic alignment. However, to accomplish this requires support of individual members, communities and businesses. This is part of our economic development program to encourage vacation travelers to explore the 6.

Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 (6A on the Cape) provides a wealth of cultural, natural and economic resources for the nostalgic or practical highway traveler.

Whatever your travel interests, old Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 provides 118 miles of travel exploration and enjoyment opportunities just waiting and ready to go. Don looks forward to your involvement as an active member of the Route 6 Team.
Email: Massachusetts@route6tour.com PDF Version

Massachusetts Association Web Page

 

Welcome to Colorado!!

“The Land of Adventure”

Meet Kenneth Oltjenbruns. Ken was our past Administrative Assistant and is now our Executive Director of the Colorado U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.

Ken is actually exchanging positions with Mary Tomky who served as the Executive Director since 2004. We all appreciate Mary’s hard work and dedication. Mary, thank you!

Ken will be overseeing a number of programs and projects and would like to invite individuals, businesses, counties, cities, small towns and rural communities to become members so they can participate in the decision making process.  This also includes high school and college students who have an interest in history and in the future economic development of their community. Students will have the opportunity to participate in our Student Internship Program.

Besides working on economic development and cultural preservation projects, Ken will be working closely with Rachel Carey our Executive Producer – Director of Route 6 Productions in the making of a documentary movie about the Grand Old Highway. 

For more information visit the Colorado Association web page at http://route6tour.com/Route6colorado.htm

Colorado Map and Directory web page http://route6tour.com/colorado.htm

Questions? Email: Colorado@route6tour.com

 

Welcome Marcia L. Kuiper our Executive Director for the Nebraska  U.S.Route 6 Tourist Association.

Nebraska's U.S. Route 6 runs 373.07 miles from the City of Omaha to the Colorado state line. The historic alignment was established in 1931.
 
Along it are three beautiful large cities, Omaha, Lincoln the State Capitol and Hastings.
 
The easterly portion of the state there is considerable urban growth in and round the smaller Cities of Gretna and Ashland, which are located along the 6 between Omaha and Lincoln. Further west are the smaller rural communities; many of which are challenged with decreasing population and the need to establish economic opportunities in order to survive.
 
Cultural Preservation and Economic Development together play a major role in preserving our American Heritage in the great State of Nebraska. All the Communities, large and small are part of a network working toward this common goal. To succeed, I believe it is important to include young people in this team effort.
 
If you have any questions you can email Marcia at:
 
Nebraska Association Web Page:
 
Nebraska Association Directory Page:
 

Iowa joins the Network of 14 U.S. Route 6 States


David W. Darby

Meet David W. Darby, Executive Director of the Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. David is a native of Iowa and was raised along the Grand Old Highway. He has a professional background in writing and photography. He is now in the process of completing a book on the history of Iowa’s Historic U.S. Route 6.

He would appreciate the opportunity to meet with individuals, business leaders, city, county and state officials that believe in developing a positive economic future and at the same time preserving our American Heritage.

To learn more go directly to the Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association web page at: http://route6tour.com/Route6iowa.htm  


Learn about Preserving our American Heritage

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Michele M. Heitzmann
Keynote Speaker
If your business, organization or school is looking for that special Keynote Speaker give us a call.
Michele is Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
She will address the Association's current and proposed economic development (tourism) and
cultural preservation (American's small towns) programs.
 
Learn about proposed projects which include audio-visual productions, an Internet Route 6 travel guide,
regional museums and visitor centers and Historic US 6 signage across the nation.  
 
As part of our educational  program, Michele will stress the importance of including
Sr. High School and College student interns in the development of the Association.
 
Learn about the history of the Grand Old Highway. Remember the old diners where you could
stop for a home cooked meal? How about  The Burma Shave Phenomenon
 
Her talks are educational, informative and fun.
 
The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3)

Welcome to Connecticut

"The Constitution State"

Joe Hurley, Executive Director
 
 
Joe Hurley would appreciate the opportunity to meet and talk with car clubs, business and elected community leaders about the future of the Grand Old Highway. The big question being, how can we preserve our American Heritage and at the same time address economic development along the historic alignment?
 
You can contact Mr. Hurley by emailing him at; connecticut@route6tour.com

 

What's New California!!

Fred M Hann - Executive Director CaliforniaWelcome Fred M. Hann to the team. Fred is now the Executive Director of the California U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.

Mr. Hann is a past two term Mayor of the City of Lancaster. He is retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and is currently working part-time as a fire safety consultant with the movie industry.

Fred is definitely Route 6 to the core. He enjoys history and driving the back roads.

His goals are to create community involvement in establishing a Route 6 economic development and cultural preservation plan for the cities and towns located along the Grand Old Highway in California.

One of his many projects includes establishing Historic U.S. 6 signage between Bishop and Long Beach.

If you are interested in learning more about the California Association, or how you can become a member or student intern, you can contact Fred Hann at: california@route6tour.com

 

Historic U.S. Route 6 is the longest highway ever established in the United States.  Our association is dedicated to its preservation and to the economic well being of all entities along its path.  With this site we hope to be your top source for Route 6 information.  We also hope to be an interactive exchange of interesting stories and Route 6 experiences. So, if you have a great story you'd like to share with us, or an interesting picture, feel free to contact us and we'll post it on our site.  We're more than happy to take a little break to share a good story.

     A special "Thank You" to James R. Hendricks, composer and performer of our theme song, "Long Lonesome Highway"James Hendricks - Biography

When we started in October, 2000, the high school students were looking for music to go with the web site.

The player above requires Flash Player, we also have a link to the source MP3 file of Long Lonesome Highway by Jim Hendricks



1956 Cadillac Coup de Ville

The Association's official Route 6 Cruiser!


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